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Hamilton Princess, Hamilton, Bermuda

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Location Stroll from the Hamilton Princess into the center of Hamilton, where Front Street’s shops, bars, and restaurants line one side of the street, and a harbour walk lines the other. Explore the side streets where more goodies await. Hamilton is Bermuda’s capital city and its center of commerce — largely revolving around offshore insurance, an industry that has helped Bermuda weather tourism ups and downs. The city, which is in Pembroke Parish, is fairly central for exploring over to the East End, where the town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage site, reminds of early settler’s lives; and to the West End, where the Royal Naval Dockyard and Horseshoe Bay await.

Lodging The Hamilton Princess sits majestically above Hamilton Harbour, its bright strawberry ice cream pink facade easily recognizable from far and wide. As striking as its appearance and its location overlooking Hamilton Harbor and the Hamilton Yacht Club are, perhaps the most amazing thing about the hotel these days is its art collection, which includes works from Warhol to Matisse. The collection was the finishing touch to renovations that added a new parade of shops, an Exhale spa and yoga studio, and a state of the art fitness room overlooking the pool. The hotel has its own private beach club on Sinky Bay. It has equipment for activities such as paddle boarding and also a satellite lunch spot, Marcus’ on the Beach. A jitney runs every half hour between the hotel and the beach club. Each Saturday morning, a local art expert gives a guided tour of the hotel’s art collection. Still, for all the magnificence of its modern art collection, and its updates, the hotel has not lost any of its classic Gilded Age splendor.

View of a Room 657  Renovations at the Hamilton Princess transformed guest rooms into sleek, modern, and decidedly non fussy digs. This king bed room has a lounge area with a couch, and there is also a work area with a desk. There is a separate dressing area with plenty of hanging and shelf space. The small bathroom has a walk in shower with double heads and is stocked with one of the best products found in a hotel bathroom anywhere: Rose 31, which has a gorgeous musky rose fragrance. The view is not fully of the bay, but a partial one and only if you are standing at the windows, which look over the entrance driveway and Hamilton’s pretty pastel colored office buildings.

Restaurants and bars The Hamilton Princess has many commendable bars and restaurants: the lobby bar, the Crown and Anchor serves from breakfast to late night drinks, when one of the island’s many talented bands play. There is an outdoor patio restaurant overlooking the manicured gardens and harbour. The hotel’s signature restaurant is Marcus — New York based Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s beautiful island outpost, which also looks out over the lawn and water. 

Information

Hotel Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club

76 Pitts Bay Road, HMO8

Tel: (441) 295-3000

thehamiltonprincess.com

White Barn Inn & Spa, Kennebunkport, Maine

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Location Kennebunk’s more visited neighbour, Kennebunkport, lies across the Kennebunk River on Maine’s beautiful rocky coastline, just a couple of hours drive north from Boston. It is famously the ancestral home of the political Bush family, who still own an ocean side property at Walker’s Point. The Kennebunks, as the twin villages are known, also includes the Lower Village, and once away from the beaches and coastline, art galleries, restaurants, and craft shops are set in old Colonial buildings, immersing visitors in a traditional New England townscape. All of which is close to the White Barn Inn, which is set on tall tree-lined Beach Road, just a few minutes from the sea.

Lodging Originally, the White Barn Inn’s main building was a farmhouse and its storied restaurant is made up of two barns, which were moved to adjoin the farmhouse. Reputedly the farmhouse has been an inn since the Civil War era, when it was the Boothby Guest House. In 1937, by which time it was known the Forest Hill House, an annex was built, and shortly after more guest rooms were added via the bungalow “Garden Cottages,” and May’s Cottage, a cute standalone suite, which overlooks the outdoor heated pool. The are also two riverside cottages nearby. But in total, there are just 26 rooms. Being Maine, the pool is seasonal, but the inn is year-round, basically, and only closes for a couple of weeks in January. That’s good news because it means the fireplace in the cozy living room can be throughly enjoyed during the colder months. The living room has several couches and a decanter of port and one of brandy are thoughtfully provided for guests to help themselves to. Afternoon “High Tea” is also provided there, as are coffee and teas. White Barn Inn is a Relais et Chateaux member, a luxury hotel collection with a strong culinary focus.

View of a Room: 19 Room 19 is on the second floor of the annex, just across the driveway from the main inn. The large airy room is understated classic, with a fireplace and two wonderfully comfortable armchairs. The king size bed is positioned in front of the TV and a French style dresser. The only other furniture is a desk and chair — giving the room all the necessary comforts while maintaining its spaciousness. The  en suite bathroom is equally grand in size, with a double vanity, a large shower with twin shower heads, separate loo, and an enormous tub. Its marbled floor has radiant heat and, like the bedroom, there is lots of natural light.

Restaurants and Bars The White Barn Inn’s restaurant is widely acclaimed, both for its food and the setting in this subtle, low lit old barn — or rather barns. Created in 1973, it is quite unique. The menu is prix fixe with a choice of a lengthy multi course tasting menu, or a more standard three courses. But with the chef’s wonderful tidbits, including an array of after dinner petit fours, even that option is a full tasting experience. Everything is made in-house and local produce is highlighted — even butter comes from a local dairy. Needless to say, the wine list holds treasures, and cocktails are superbly crafted — enjoy a drink at the cocktail bar, where a pianist plays standards. The expert staff deliver a classic dining experience in an evocative atmosphere. Adjacent to the dining room is the bistro, a more casual a la carte experience, where breakfast is served. In the summer, tables are set up on its porch. There is also a wine cellar where private dining can be arranged.

Info The White Barn Inn & Spa, 37 Beach Rd., Kennebunkport, Maine 04046. 207-967-2321. http://www.whitebarninn.com

Photo credit: Hotel Junkie

The Charles Hotel opens Benedetto

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soppressata-and-white-bean-bruschetta-with-grilled-red-onionCambridge, MA — At the end of November, The Charles Hotel and Chef/Owner Michael Pagliarini, of Giulia fame, opened Benedetto in the space previously occupied by Chef Jody Adams’ Rialto.

Designed by the acclaimed New York-based Bentel & Bentel architectural team, Benedetto is a rustic farmhouse-chic Italian restaurant with an outdoor patio. Two separate dining areas are also available for private bookings and events, with each able to comfortably accommodate 20-75 guests.

Benedetto in The Charles Hotel is open seven days a week for dinner service beginning at 5:00 p.m. For more information visit www.benedettocambridge.com.

The Bernic opens in New York

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New York, New York — The Bernic, a 96 room, 22-story newly-built hotel, is now open on 145 East 47th Street, with a new restaurant and sky lounge in tow. The property lies just blocks away from the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center and Times Square.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies in almost every room offer a view of the city’s iconic skyline. Blind contour artist Ian Sklarsky added works to the lobby, public areas and in every guest room, inspired by the nearby United Nations building.
 
Rooms feature radiant floor heating, bath amenities by Beekman 1802, complimentary coffee via an en-suite Nespresso machine, Apple TV, luxury linens and terry, Sterns and Foster luxury bed, turndown service via Chocolat Moderne and a book collection curated by Strand Bookstore.
 
The restaurant, Allora, features house-made pastas, grilled whole fish and throwback tableside preparations like Steak Diane and Zabaione. The Bernic’s sky lounge is due to open this coming Spring, 2017.

For more info: thebernichotel.com

Photo credit: BabiloniaFoto

Nature and Modernism in Vieques

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Vieques, Puerto Rico — The island of Vieques is preserved as a National Wildlife Refuge, boasting one of only five bioluminescent bays in the world. No wonder the strikingly modern El Blok hotel was built to LEED Gold certification — all without sacrificing comfort.

The hotel has 21 rooms, including two grande suites, and the onsite El Blok Restaurant, helmed by executive chef Carlos Perez, and inspired by the beach restaurants of St. Tropez’s ritzy heyday.

For more info: elblok.com

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Hilton Westchester makes you feel at home (especially with HBO)

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Rye Brook, NY — It might be 2016, but there is something strangely comforting about finding HBO on your TV in your hotel room. The Hilton Westchester is a warm and inviting hotel, especially at this time of year when it’s all dressed up in fall foliage through its extensive grounds. But, even in these days of On Demand and taking your own movies with you when you travel (what’s the point of that?), there is something about clicking onto HBO that feels like home when you are away from home!

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Verb Hotel offers $99 room, but only if you party

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Boston, MA — The Verb Hotel, a dynamic reimagining of a classic mid-century motel in the heart of Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, is offering a $99 room rate for guests who book a holiday party with Hojoko. You really will want a part in the restaurant, which comes courtesy of James Beard Award-winning owners Tim Cushman and Nancy Cushman. In short — the food is superb. The playful sake selection doesn’t hurt either.

Hojoko can accommodate groups of up to 175 with entertainment possibilities for DJs, live music and karaoke.

Whats more, the package is good though to February — Valentine’s party anyone?

The “Party All The Time” package is valid November 19, 2016 through February 28, 2017. For more info visit: http://www.theverbhotel.com

Kimpton opens its first international hotel

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Kimpton Hotel Group will open its first international property and it’s the first new luxury property on Grand Cayman in more than 10 years!

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, the American hotel brand’s first Caribbean hotel, is located on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. Set to open in November, 2016, the property will feature a distinct local Caymanian influence.

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The resort has 266 rooms and a signature restaurant, Ave and Avecita, and a beach bar, Coccoloba. There are two pools, a spa, and extensive event and meeting space.

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There are a number of opening specials available – such as the Grand Opening offer, which includes a $100 dining credit and $100 spa credit on any two night (minimum) stay, or the Fourth Night Free package. More info: www.seafireresortandspa.com

Revere Hotel Boston Common

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Location Situated on the corner of Stuart and Charles Street South, the Revere Hotel Boston Common is a few minutes walk from that historic green space — Boston Common — and is actually in the city’s theatre district. It is also close to Chinatown and the Back Bay’s shopping and dining. Still, both the Common and the Public Garden are a couple of blocks walk away. To the rear of the building are brick-lined streets and row houses, and a taste of old Boston. Also, Jacques, a drag cabaret that’s been a nightlife staple for decades survives the city’s ever-changing modes. Most of downtown Boston is an easy walking distance away, even the now busy Seaport area.

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Lodging The Revere Hotel Boston Common was created from a former Radisson — quite a transformation indeed! Enough of a change to gain the hotel AAA Four Diamond status in 2012, the year it opened. Not only is the hotel in the theater district but it has its own theater — Theatre 1 — tucked to the rear of the forecourt. The property includes 356  guest rooms and suites, a clubby bar called Emerald Lounge, a play on a Wizard of Oz theme adopted by the property.  In the summer, Rooftop@Revere lounge offers drinks and small plates, and amazing views of the city. The rooftop lounge is adjacent to the small dipping pool and adopts a beach atmosphere with cabanas. A buffet breakfast is served in the Atrium, a pleasant conservatory type space with lots of windows giving full street views.

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Revere Hotel, Boston, 2012 Designed by Amy Jakubowski, BBG BBJM, NY

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View of a Room 922 This king bed guest room is spacious with retro mod furniture and a good size desk. Still, working from the giant houndstooth day bed is a comfortable option, too!

There is a narrow balcony which is mostly taken up by the AC unit and doesn’t really offer a good view.

The bathroom is bright with white marble and fittings. The hotel uses local spa Shoah’s products and cuts plastic waste with refillable full size bottles. Two robes are provided, along with an in room coffee maker.

Info

Revere Hotel Boston Common

200 Stuart St. 

Boston, MA 02116

617-482-1800

http://www.RevereHotel.com. 

Dinner at BLT in the Ritz-Carlton Westchester

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White Plains, NY — The Ritz-Carlton Westchester, located in the heart of White Plains, includes a BLT outpost, which offers inside dining, an elegant experience to be sure, and also al fresco service on its street side patio.

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Inside or out, the meal begins with BLT’s customary popover, a batter bun popular in old school Northeast steak houses and restaurants of note.

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Summery dishes at BLT include a beet salad and bass with leeks, each tender and tasty.

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Harborview Nantucket, Nantucket MA USA

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Location Nantucket sits in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Cod and is accessed by ferry. The quickest is the Hy Line passenger ferry, which departs from Hyannis. Located just two blocks from the town of Nantucket, the Harborview’s position just out of town gives it both seclusion from summer crowds and access to all of Main Street’s shopping and dining — everything, including the delightful Starlite cinema, Whaling Museum, the Boat Basin and Straight Wharf, is only a few minutes walk away. Cars are a bit of a hassle on Nantucket’s tiny roads and streets. Explore the rest of the island by bus, bicycle, or motor scooter and check out the dunes and beaches, as well Sankaty Head Light, which dates to 1850 and is located near the village of Siasconset, which is pronounced Sconset, on the eastern part of the island.

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Lodging Harborview Nantucket is the sister hotel to Martha’s Vineyards Harbor View Hotel, and the likeness is easily seen in the architecture’s classic Cape look paired with modern, simple, but elegant interiors. Harborview Nantucket, however, comprises 11 cedar-shingled self-catering vacation cottages, plus a reception, set around a lawn, which leads to a beach. Sounds idyllic? It is. The cottages range from a cozy, romantic studio styled like a fisherman’s shack, to a four-bedroom renovated barn. Each has a fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, TVs in the lounge and bedrooms. Harborview Nantucket operates like a hotel, but without a restaurant or bar. There’s daily housekeeping; the hotel’s concierge will shop and fill your ‘fridge. Most cottages have decks and outdoor showers, and there is a SunFish sailboat, kayaks, and paddle boards for guest’s use. A set of complimentary local Cisco beers and Nantucket wines await in your cottage’s ‘fridge, and vacation begins… 

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View of a Room Fair Wind — This two-bedroom, two-bathroom, thoroughly spacious so-called cottage is set on two levels. The master bed, which has a closet and TV, and an enormous bathroom, is on the top floor. The adjacent landing has a sofa-bed that can be used for extra children or guests.

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Downstairs the open-plan living room, kitchen, and dining room includes a dining table and seating for six, and a wonderful big couch to laze on. The kitchen includes everything you need to cook a meal or make snacks (you buy the food), right down to a set of herbs and spices. There is a brick fireplace, but the hearth sits unused for most of the year, of course. The ground level bedroom has its own TV and bathroom. Oh, and there are robes hanging in the closet, just to add to the at-home coziness.

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To the rear of the cottage is the utility room, which houses the washer and dryer. Fair Wind is next to the reception and overlooks the lawn, with the beach and sea directly in front of its deck.

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Information

24 Washington St, Nantucket, MA 02554

508-709-9328

http://www.harborviewnantucket.com

Asha airs wares at H​arborview Nantucket trunk show

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Nantucket, MA — Harborview Nantucket hosts an exclusive trunk show featuring the jewelry and accessories line Asha, July 13-15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this three-day event, Founder and Creative Director Ashley McCormick will be onsite to present her classic-chic designs and offer 15 percent off of merchandise. Cisco Brewers will provide a signature cocktail and light appetizers for the launch, and one lucky winner will receive an overnight stay at Harborview Nantucket and a Nantucket tote bag.

Asha is sold in over 80 boutiques nationwide, including Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. The Trunk Show is open to the public. For more information: Harborview Nantucket

 

Martha’s Vineyard’s Harbor View Hotel throws daylong Fourth bash

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Martha’s Vineyard, MA — As usual, the Harbor View Hotel will host a magnificent July 4 Celebration in Edgartown. The day will include live music, fireworks, a parade and great food — all open to the public as well as hotel guests. The fun begins with children’s activities at 10 a.m. on the hotels front porch, continues with the annual Edgartown Parade around 5 p.m., and ends in the hotel’s Lighthouse Grill for food and dancing.
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Photo credit: Elizabeth Cecil

Absolut Oak checks into the Taj Hotel, Boston

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Boston, MA — Absolut — you know, the vodka people — took over the Taj Hotel’s rooftop for an event launching Oak, a flavorsome oak barrel rested vodka.

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The new concoction was shaken and stirred into cocktails and even combined with fruity syrups for snow cones. Or as Absolut put it, Snoakones…

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Photo credit: Absolut/Chris Anderson

Take a Tour of Space-age Strega Steakhouse in Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel

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Boston, MA — Tucked inside the venerable Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Strega Steakhouse adds quite the contrast in style. Its modernist lines and sleek white decor is counterpoint to the Park Plaza’s early Twentieth Century gilded opulence.

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Club Quarters Hotel, Grand Central, New York, New York USA

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Location Club Quarters sits on the corner of East 45th and Lexington in Midtown Manhattan, right across from the massive and aptly named Grand Central Terminal. FDR Drive lies four blocks east, while heading west takes you over to Park and then Madison Avenues: Everywhere you head, Midtown is pulsing at your fingertips. Immediate iconic neighbors include the beautiful Chrysler Building, between East 42nd and 43rd, and United Nations Plaza over on First Avenue. Walk three blocks to East 42 and hang a right and continue for three blocks: You’ll arrive at the New York Public Library and Bryant Park. So much is within walking distance and yet America’s largest train station by track volume is right there on Club Quarters’s doorstep.

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Lodging Club Quarters has a stripped back, less hotel style — sort of aiming to be a private club. Yet, it has everything you need: the small lobby leads to large elevators and on to guest rooms. There are four guest room types and also corporate apartments for extended visits. Whizz up to the rooftop club room where excellent coffee and tea await along with snacks.

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There are lots of lounge chairs with tables. There’s a work station with computers. Even better there’s an outdoor terrace to take in some of Midtown’s bustle from a nice distance. As its name suggests, there is a club type atmosphere and membership brings several advantages. However, use of the club room and high speed Wi-Fi, unlimited, chilled filtered water, and a fitness center are included for all guests. There is no restaurant as such, but Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is accessed by the elevator, and delivers. It is one of Midtown’s best restaurants too!

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View of a Room 904 There’s nothing like the view of old New York architecture to stir a romantic response of this harried city. This Standard Room has a great view over Lexington Avenue and the massive US Post Office Building at Grand Central. It has a queen bed, work station, and a Keurig brewer. For a small room it os remarkably well-designed : coat hooks are right by the door, the seating around the table/work station doubles as a case rack.

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Info

128 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017

212.986.6400

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Hotel Indigo LES, New York City, New York USA

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Location As its name infers, Hotel Indigo LES is located in New York City’s Lower East Side, an area once known for its artists and musicians, cheap rents and shady characters. Uptown life is threatening the area and with the creeping commerce comes swanky and throughly impressive buildings like the Indigo LES, which sits on Ludlow Street, right in the thick of the bars, music venues, and nightlife.

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Lodging Opened in December 2015, Hotel Indigo LES boasts something not many New York City hotels have: space. Massive space. The lobby may well have more than any hotel anywhere. It’s open-plan with lots of seating, and has a market cafe in one corner. But, it is the lobby’s location on the 14th floor and the fact that it is walled with glass that seals the deal with views right over the city. Let’s just say, this developer got lucky with air rights. It is quite compelling. The bedrooms are also spacious, some have large terraces and  there’s a duplex penthouse that’s breathtaking. Otherwise, the hotel takes design inspiration from graffiti art, something synonymous with the Lower East Side beginning in the 1980s, back when it was called property damage!

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Mr. Purple is the hotel’s main bar and restaurant, and is located on the rooftop level. It has lots of outdoor seating space, too. There is a small lap pool on the roof. There is a parking garage adjacent to the hotel.

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View of a Room 704 This is a Deluxe King Room with Terrace. And it is undeniably among the largest of rooms in the city. Not only does the bedroom have plenty of legroom, but the bathroom is far from cramped and has beautiful painted tile flooring. The terrace isn’t just a little space, either  — it’s big enough to throw a party on and has privacy fencing, and lounge chairs. SO, go ahead: have a party. Or just chill. Is this New York York City or Los Angeles you might be tempted to ask yourself. Even the in-room safe is large enough for a laptop — smart thinking. Note the spray paint can cocktail shaker and nods to graffiti artists on the walls. Yup, there goes that local theme again.

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171 Ludlow Street

NY, NY 10002

212-237-1776

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Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District

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Location Set in Lower Manhattan, New York’s Financial District can be an overwhelming place filled with looming buildings and ominous financial institutions. One World Trade Center towers over everything of course, marking a new chapter in the area. There is the other side: the historic part defined by narrow winding streets, old churches like St Paul’s Chapel, and artfully crafted buildings made of stone and brick. The Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District is on Ann Street, a short stretch, which dates to 1728 and is one of the oldest streets in all of the five boroughs. It was named for the wife of a merchant and developer, Captain Thomas White. Barnum’s American Museum, operated by P.T. Barnum, was located on the corner of Ann Street. It’s a largely forgotten little street nowadays, which makes it a quiet bolthole from the FiDi hullabaloo.

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Lodgings Conveniently located adjacent to a parking garage, the Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District is an easily negotiated hotel in a city where negotiating most tasks can be exhausting. The lobby lounge and check-in are is small, but open plan. There’s a cafe offering everything from coffee to juices, and from healthy snacks to breakfast sandwiches. The hotel now offers a room service menu (pastas, salads, sandwiches, and desserts), which arrives delivery style in a bag of boxes. Still, the food is well prepared.The W XYZ Bar to the rear leads to a courtyard for al fresco drinking and bites during warm weather. It’s a hidden gem in a city of few comfortable boltholes.

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View of a Room: 1101 Aloft is known for compact accommodations and in a city of tiny homes, this room serves as normal. Everything is on hand: HD TV, desk for working, and an empty wine fridge, which if you jiggle the shelving serves to keep anything cool. Comfy bed and roomy shower provide not only the basics but a level of luxury. Still, Aloft doesn’t purport to be a luxury chain: your room is where you sleep, shower, but otherwise drop your stuff and go.

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Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District

49-53 Ann St

New York, NY 1003

212-513-0003

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Nick Fradiani performs at the Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District

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New York, New YorkAmerican Idol winner Nick Fradiani packed the patio at the Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District‘s W XYZ Bar on April 19. Performing al fresco in the hotel’s interior courtyard, Fradiani, who won American Idol Season 14, performed as part of the Live at Aloft Hotels concert series.

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It’s a little known fact, but artists like The Lumineers and Ed Sheeran played Live At Aloft Hotels sets before they made it big!
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 Aloft Hotels has put a spotlight on up-and-coming artists since the brand’s inception in 2008 with the introduction of Live At Aloft Hotels, the signature ongoing music series offered at every one of the brand’s 100 plus hotels worldwide. As a further commitment to rising musicians, Aloft’s annual Project Aloft Star global talent competition is aimed at discovering the world’s hottest music acts. The 7th annual competition is scheduled to launch early this summer.

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All Live At Aloft Hotels 2016 Tour performances have no cover charge and are open to hotel guests and music-loving locals. For a complete and up-to-date list of all artists, locations and performance dates, please visit LiveAtAloftHotels.com

Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District

49-53 Ann St

New York, NY 1003

 

 

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Take a tour of Boston’s Hotel Commonwealth’s new Fenway Suite

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Boston, MA — Just in time for the 2016 baseball season, the Hotel Commonwealth’s Fenway Suite debuts with a wealth of memorabilia, both culled both Fenway Park, just around the corner, and collected from auctions.

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Boston’s Liberty Hotel renovates to the tune of $11 million

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Boston, MA — The already remarkable Liberty Hotel, set in the city’s former Charles Street Jail, just became more dashing. An $11 million refurbishment of the guest rooms has elevated this Starwood Luxury Collection member to another level of comfort — and fun: the design riffs on the jailhouse theme, and include safes as bedside tables in each room. Guess what? That’s where you’ll find the real safe!

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Rita Wilson returns to The Carlyle hotel’s Café Carlyle

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New York, New York — Musician, actress and producer Rita Wilson returns to the Carlyle hotel’s lauded Café Carlyle, February 23-March 5. Wilson debuted at the famous supper club with a residency in the fall of 2014. Wilson’s winter Café Carlyle residency will center around her first original collection of songs, a self-titled set that marks her second album, which will be released March 11.

Performances take place Tuesday – Friday at 8:45pm; and Saturdays at 8:45pm and 10:45pm. Reservations: 212.744.1600 Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (35 East 76th Street, at Madison Avenue).

Take a tour of the new Renwick Hotel in Midtown Manhattan

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New York, New York  — The Renwick hotel recently opened in Midtown East in what was formerly an artists enclave. Taking that theme of art for art’s sake, with some design cachet thrown in, The Renwick enlisted Brooklyn-born, Los Angeles-based artist and actor Gregory Siff to spiff up the lobby with two murals.

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The Renwick scores high marks on astute, warm design, mixing old elements like recycling the wood from the old rooftop water tower into woodwork for the lobby, with gleaming new bathrooms.

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And, of course, comfy bedrooms. As they say, art for art’s sake, comfort for goodness sake.

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Take a tour of the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common’s Presidential Suite

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Boston, MA — Just in time for Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays, the Ritz-Carlton gave Hotel Junkie a tour of its reimagined Presidential Suite. Firstly, there is the amazing view, complete with a new coat of snow (above). Then there is a chandelier made of mock bi-focals, recalling the suite’s muse: Benjamin Franklin. (True, Franklin was never a president.)

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Many such fittings are bespoke, including a reading chair and daybed, which is placed for maximum views by the window.

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And get the TV over the tub — every home should have one!

For more information: Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

Take the Presidential Appeal package at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston

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Boston, MA — Valid through November 30, the Ritz-Carlton Boston’s Presidential Appeal package includes accommodations for two in the luxurious Presidential Suite, access to the Ritz-Carlton Club Level lounge for two, an in-suite dining experience for two prepared by the hotel’s chef, and a 24 Karat Gold Signature Facial for two at The Spa at Equinox Sports Club, adjacent to the hotel. Also, includes a $1,000 shopping spree through the designer boutiques on Newbury Street and curated tours of Boston for two including:
    • A private tour of Fenway Park, home of the world champion Boston Red Sox who were cheered on by fans like U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy and FDR
    • A tour of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate
    • Private sedan transportation from hotel for both tours
    • A copy of John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning volume of short biographies describing acts of bravery and integrity by eight United States Senators.
    • Airport transfers

The package starts at $15,000 for a two night stay (taxes not included). For more info: click here.

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Just Steps away from The Envoy Hotel… The Barking Crab

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Boston, Mass. — Just steps away from The Envoy Hotel, the Barking Crab has graced the Boston Harbor for more than two decades. Who knew this casual seafood restaurant and local bar hang would be one day be surrounded by high end hotels, corporate HQs, and swanky restaurants. As Boston’s harbor is developed further, with new buildings blocking the water views that were wide-open even ten years ago, the Barking Crab is a last bastion of the salty old harbor, where fish catches was once the focus.

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Fresh fish is the name of the game at the Barking Crab: dishes are reasonably priced, simply put together, and cooked with care. Local oysters are always a must-have and the old pot bellied stove turns them into a winter treat.

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The perennial New England favorite, the lobster roll, served with fries, is another popular Barking Crab dish. And, unlike many places in the harbor these days, it is served with a water view.

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The Barking Crab

Address: 88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210
Website: barkingcrab.com

 

Celebrated Boston Chefs present Baby it’s Cold Outside charity event at The Envoy Hotel

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Boston, Mass. — Executive Chef David Verdo of Outlook Kitchen & Bar at The Envoy Hotel and Chef/Owner Rachel Klein of RFK Kitchen unite fora pop-up dining event, Baby it’s Cold Outside, February 2, Proceeds go directly to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, a downtown Boston facility dedicated to ending homelessness for veterans.

A local DJ will spin and spirits and wines by the glass from top sponsors Perrier-Jouët, United, Papa Pilar Rum, and Tito’s will flow.

The event is 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tickets are $48.47 including tax & gratuity and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

See in 2016 at Boston’s Envoy Hotel

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Boston, Massachusetts — This New Year’s Eve, The Envoy Hotel offers the best seats in the house — twice over. Start the final evening of 2015 in Outlook Kitchen and Bar, enjoying a three-course chef’s tasting menu from Executive Chef David Verdo. Follow it by a festive Champagne toast at the top floor Lookout Rooftop Bar while watching the fireworks burst over the city.

Highlights from the New Year’s Eve Chef’s Tasting menu include:

  • Butter Poached Lobsterwith caviar, Moët & Chandon Granita
  • Sunchoke Soupwith morels, candied hazelnuts & melted leeks
  • Pineland Farms Filetwith oxtail ragout, chanterelle mushrooms, enoki, black truffle & pomme puree
  • Peppermint Patty Gateau with chocolate cake, peppermint cream, dark chocolate glaze & pomegranate seeds

Complete the New Year’s Eve experience with an overnight package including overnight accommodations for two, a bottle of Champagne upon arrival, dinner for two at Outlook Kitchen and Bar featuring the chef’s tasting menu, Perrier Jouet Champagne toast at Lookout Rooftop Bar, New Year’s Day brunch for two at Outlook Kitchen and Bar. The package also includes overnight, valet parking and a late check-out at 2 p.m. Pricing starts at $629.

For more information: The Envoy Hotel

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Photo credit: Eric Levin/The Envoy Hotel/Hotel Junkie